Believe it or not, but people have been taking photographs for almost 200 years now. In that time we’ve gone from taking blurry, long-exposure landscapes on metal plates to recording every aspect of our lives with HD digital cameras in our pockets.
It’s easy to think of old technology as dead or obsolete. At MOTAT, we love to show just how alive and exciting it still can be. As part of our Love / Science exhibition, we are profiling four talented photographers who share MOTAT’s passion for new technology while still keeping old tech ticking.
PHOTOG BLOG SERIES: PAUL ALSOP
Paul M Alsop is one of two people in New Zealand that regularly use 'wet plate collodion' photography. A true art form, taking days to plan and hours to shoot a single portrait.
PHOTOG BLOG SERIES: PETER BUSH
Peter Bush ("Bushy") enjoyed a long and extraordinary career as a news and sports photographer. From 1948 onwards, he shot with cameras spanning the full evolution of camera technology.
PHOTOG BLOG SERIES: EMILY RAFTERY
Emily Raftery is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Devonport, Auckland. Although she shoots her commercial work using digital cameras, film remains her passion and format of choice for personal projects.
PHOTOG BLOG SERIES: LORENZO THAPLIYAL
Lorenzo Thapliyal discovered his passion for photography at the age of 15 while working in a photo lab, where he learned to process film and was inspired to invest in his first camera – a 35mm Pentax SLR.
Love / Science Photog Blog Series by Todd Dixon, Exhibitions Curator, MOTAT
MOTAT Collections Online Images:
Camera, 2021.23. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
Polaroid Corporation et al. Camera [Polaroid Land Camera Model 1000], 2007.173.1. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
CITE THIS ARTICLE:
Dixon, Todd. Love / Science Photog Blog Series. New Zealand: The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). First published: 24 November 2021. URL www.motat.nz/collections-and-stories/stories/love-science-photog-blog-series